Plane Carrying 32 Goes Down in Papua New Guinea

Locals say four passengers survived
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2011 9:48 AM CDT
The plane crashed 12 miles from Madang, Papua New Guinea, shown here.   (AP Photo/Roz Savage)

(Newser) – A plane carrying 32 passengers went down in Papua New Guinea today, and local villagers say just four people survived the crash. The Airlines PNG Dash 8, a twin-propeller plane, crashed en route from Lae to Madang, the AP reports; there was reportedly a violent storm going on at the time. Most of those on board were parents on their way to a university graduation ceremony. No official word yet on survivors and fatalities.

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